The Ondo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has destroyed hard drugs weighing about 110,542 tons.
This was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha (Rtd.) during the public destruction of the illicit drugs known as Indian Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The agency’s chief who was represented by his chief of staff, Femi Oloruntoba, decried the increasing rate at which hard drugs are being cultivated in the state, saying that it is becoming a huge concern not only for the agency but the country at large.
“This quantity of drugs weighing 110,542 tons which we are about to destroy is frightening and demands more reflections.
“The use of cannabis remains high in the state because of availability and affordability.
“Ondo State remains one of the six states in Nigeria where cannabis is cultivated in large quantities. As a result of cannabis plantations, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find virgin forests,” he said.
While commending the spirited efforts of the state commander and officers of the command at combing the vast forests of the state at ensuring that the illegal plant plantations are discovered, he maintained that the business is only prevalent in the South-West.